People are injured in car accidents across the United States every single day, and some injuries can prove to be quite severe. Injuries can happen to any part of the body in any kind of accident—even vehicle crashes that appear to be quite minor. There are, however, injuries that occur more commonly than others. Here's what to look out for if you're in an auto accident:
- Neck Injuries: You've probably heard of whiplash before, and that's because it's probably the most common injury in a car crash. Why? When your car is hit, you experience a sudden force that causes your head to jerk back and forth. That movement can cause muscle damage and uncomfortable neck pain. People also suffer other more serious neck injuries, including sprains and fractures.
- Brain Injuries: Brain injuries are scary. You don't always realize you have a brain injury right away, since the damage can occur without any external signs. People assume that because they don't have any cuts or bruises on their heads that they must be fine, but hours or days later a hidden brain hemorrhage can suddenly turn life-threatening. Brain injuries can range from concussions to more traumatic injuries, so it's important to monitor any symptoms closely and visit a doctor after any auto collision in Connecticut.
- Psychological Trauma: Not all injuries are physical; they can be mental as well. There are many aspects about auto accidents that can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in vulnerable accident victims, from seeing a loved one die to the shock of how quickly their car was hit and flipped over. The sudden nature of car accidents can sometimes make it hard for people to process what happened to them, and it can take a while before they feel mentally strong enough to face their daily lives again. PTSD can be disabling, especially if you need to drive to get to work or to perform routine activities in your life.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest to see a medical professional as soon as possible. Not all injuries reveal themselves right away, so it's best to see a doctor before they become even bigger problems. You should also contact the Groton auto accident attorneys at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., at 860-445-8521 to schedule a free consultation.